Category: My mother

Aug 10

A Song for Gaza

[Translate] A Song for Gaza: The Ballad of Rivka and Mohammed Performed by Leo Rosselson.  Featured on the website of the Stop the War Coalition (UK), originally on www.leonrosselson.co.uk  Lyrics: I was watching the news from Gaza And I fell asleep on my chair And when I awoke from my slumber A young girl was standing there. She …

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Aug 28

My Father, the Mensch

[Translate] Postwar Germany, according to the writer Manfred Jurgensen, who grew up there, was “a period which often posed much more danger than the war itself. Severe deprivation, starvation and death were everywhere. This generation grew up without any real parental guidance and direction, and living through the years where all norms of society were …

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Jul 21

About the Authentic Church

[Translate] Being German and therefore having to begin with beginnings, I started writing my life story by writing the life story of my father.  My father’s life story, though brief — he died at age 27 — was very wrapped up with the German Bekennende Kirche, the Authentic Church, so that in order to understand …

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Jul 06

The Family Tree

[Translate] The Nicolaus family name has some mythical roots.  My mother’s mother Lydia, her mind clouded by advancing dementia, maintained that it came from the Tsar, who on his travels had got the daughter of a German merchant pregnant, etc.   A myth I like much better is that we’re descended from the original Bishop Nicolaus …

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Jul 03

About the Town Where I Was Born

[Translate] I was born in Essen.  My father was born in Kiel but raised in Essen.  His mother was born in Essen.  His father worked as an office supervisor for Krupp in Essen.  My mother, who was from Berlin, married my father in Essen.  My mother and I lived in Essen until sometime in mid-1943. …

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